Safe Kids Springfield warns parents to avoid distractions at the pool

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Parents distracted by a smartphone, or even a book at the pool could be putting their child in danger.

The coordinator of Safe Kids Springfield, Daphne Greenlee, said drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages one to four.

"With summer coming up we see kids constantly out at the pool with parents." she said. "One of the things that we do see is a lot of distraction by parents, whether that is their iPad, reading, on their telephone, texting or taking pictures."

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said parents should not be involved in any distracted activities when their children are near water, even if there is a lifeguard.

"Nothing replaces parental supervision," Greenlee said. "It's really the parents responsibility, you know the life guard is watching a lot of kids in the pool, you know you have one job and it's just to watch yours."

Greenlee said a few tips for keeping children safe at the pool this summer.

"Enroll your children in swimming lessons, that's one of the best ways they can get comfortable around the water," she said. "If they do need a life jacket, make sure it's Coast Guard approved and it fits them correctly."